Taiwanese Pineapple Pastry / 台式凤梨酥

Saturday, May 31, 2008
  • 2 can / 1000 g Pineapple, diced
  • 200 g Caster sugar
  1. Drain pineapple well.Crush with a blender and place them in a skillet. Using medium heat, cook the drained crushed pineapple and sugar until most liquid has evaporated, and the filling turned golden. Stirring constantly using a wooden spoon to avoid burning. Set aside to cool.
  2. Beat shortening, butter and powdered sugar in a mixer until it turns light in color and fluffy. Gradually beat in whole egg and yolk until well combined. Sift in the flour and fold until just combined. Dissolve baking soda in the water and blend with the the mixture.
  3. Line baking trays with parchment paper. Divide the pastry dough and pineapple filling each into 28 equal rounds. Line work surface with large sheet of plastic wrap. Place and flatten the pastry dough on the plastic wrap with the palms and put the pineapple filling in the middle. and use the dough to cover the filling. Arrange it into molds of your choice. Lightly draw the plastic wrap out of the mold, and turn the pastry onto the prepared tray. Bake in the preheated 170C/340F oven for about 22-25 minutes until light brown.
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Cucumber Pickle Juice Rye Cob Adapted From Dan Lepard

Friday, May 30, 2008

  • 200 g German #1150 Rye flour, toasted
  • 300 g German #1050
  • 3/4 tsp Salt

  1. To toast the rye flour, preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Spread the rye flour in a thin layer over a baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes, or until the flour has turned a light tannish brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. Combine the flours, and mix with the salt. In another bowl, whisk the pickle juice with yeast and dill. Mix this liquid and the flour together with your hands. Squeezing it through your fingertips. When roughly combined, cover the bowl and leave it for 10 minutes. Tip the dough out on to a lightly oiled work-surface and knead gently for 10-15 seconds. Return the dough to the bowl, leave for a further 10 minutes, then knead once more for 10-15 seconds. Repeat one more time.

  3. Stretch the dough out on the work-surface and pat it out lightly into a rectangle. Fold one end, a third of the length, back to the centre. Fold the other end back over it, so you have three layers. Repeat after 30 minutes and 1 hour. Divide the dough into two equal pieces, and shape each into a round. Place both on a flour-dusted baking sheet, leaving a space between for the cobs to grow. Cover and leave for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 210C/410F. Cut a slash across the center of each cob. Bake in the center of the oven for 55 minutes until the cobs are a good rich brown colour and when tapped on the bottom, sound hollow. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

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Pecan Shortcake

Thursday, May 29, 2008

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Combine sugar, corn oil and egg in a bowl and mix well. Sift the all purpose flour, mung bean starch and baking soda into the liquid mixture. Mix all ingredients very gently with hands until a smooth paste forms. Do not over mix it or the crumbling and crispy texture will be ruined.

  2. Divide the paste evenly into 12-14 portions. Form each into a round disc and place them in a baking tray lined with baking paper. Brush the top with beaten egg yolk. Press in the pecan and bake in the preheated oven for about 18 minutes.

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Sweet And Sour Chicken

Thursday, May 29, 2008

  • 300 g Chicken breast
  • 150 g Pineapple(preferable fresh)
  • 40 g Bell pepper
  • 3 pcs Dried chillies
  • 1 stalk Spring onion
  • 4 g Minced garlic
  • 20 g Egg
  • Cornstarch
  • Frying oil
  • 10 g Cornstarch
  • 1 g Chicken bouillon
  • 1 g Salt
  • 10 g Egg
  • 6 ml Jiafan rice wine
  • 10 ml White vinegar
  • 20 g Ketchup
  • 35 g Sugar
  • 3 g Salt
  • Pinch of white pepper powder
  1. Cut the chicken breast into slices. Mix with marinade for 20 minutes. Cut the bell pepper into pieces.
  2. In a sauce bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce and set aside. Heat up a wok half filled with frying oil, dip the chicken slices into the egg, then coat with corn starch. Deep fry them until crispy and lightly golden in colour.
  3. Heat oil in skillet or wok to 180C/355F. Add in garlic, dried chillies and spring onion, stir until fragrant. Add in pineapple and bell pepper, pour in the prepared sauce and stir briefly. Add in fried chicken and stir to blend thoroughly.

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Sweet Woodruff Blueberry Cheesecake

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Sweet Woodruff, a little aromatic plant growing in woods and near shady spots. In Germany, one of the specially delightful drinks---- White Wine Punch/Maibowle (or Waldmeisterbowle, or Maiwein, or Maitrank) is prepared by steeping the fresh sweet woodruff and peppermints in white wine. They are drunk and enjoyed usually in May.

CrustFillingJelly Topping
  • 150 g Oat cookies
  • 70 g Margarine, softened
  • 8 sheet Gelatin
  • 400 g Whipping cream
  • 500 g Quark, low-fat
  • 300 g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 1 package / 8 g Vanilla sugar
  • 100 ml Milk
  1. Combine cookies and softened margarine, then press into the bottom of a 26-cm baking pan with a removable bottom. Chill crust
    30 minutes. Beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form and store in the fridge until ready.
  2. Soak gelatin sheets in cold water for 5 minutes until softened. Gently squeeze out excess water. Melt it in a heat proof bowl placed over simmering water until dissolved. Combine first 4 tablespoons of cheese mixture with the melted gelatin, then blend with the rest of cheese mixture until smooth. Fold in the whipped cream and until fully incorporated. Pour the cheese mixture over the crust and arrange the blueberries on top. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
  3. Whisk together sugar and jelly powder in a medium pot. Pour in the water and cook over the slow heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove and turn the heat off. Pour 1/3 of the jelly into a square shallow dish. Press and push a cookie mould into the set jelly to create the “heart”. Pour the rest of cool jelly over the cheesecake. Place some heart-shaped jelly over if desired. To serve, loosen cheesecake and place it on a serving plate. Decorate the side with heart-shaped jelly.

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Handmade Noodles

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Rice might be the most important staple food in China, but noodles are often served as a single-dish meal for lunch, or as part of a banquet dinner. Especially in the northern regions, where noodles often replace rice in a meal. The long strands symbolize longevity, and because of that, they're part of many celebrations, like Chinese New Year and birthday parties. The texture and taste of fresh noodles is rich and distinct.
  • 500 g Bread flour
  • 225 g Cool water (spinach or carrot juice)
  • 25 g Salt
  • 2 tbsp Semolina (or Cornstarch)

  1. Whisk flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add in water with one hand while mixing with the other. Turn out the mixture and knead on a work surface until smooth. Cover with a plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 1 hour.

  2. Roll the dough out into a thin rectangle of an even thickness throughout. Sprinkle the semolina or cornstarch over. Wind the rectangle round the rolling pin and roll the dough into a 3mm sheet. Fold and cut into noodles of a desired width. Separate the noodles with the help of a little bit of flour. Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling water.
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